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Creamy Three-Cheese Spaghetti

Creamy Three-Cheese Spaghetti

Ingredients
12 oz. spaghetti
2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 c. heavy cream
3/4 c. chicken broth
3/4 c. shredded Italian cheese blend
kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
2 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley

Directions
In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook spaghetti according to package directions until al dente. Drain, reserving 1 cup pasta water, and return to pot.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Cook garlic until fragrant, 1 minute, then add heavy cream, chicken broth, and 1/2 cup pasta water. Add cooked spaghetti and toss with tongs until noodles are fully coated and liquid is simmering.

Remove from heat and add cheese. Toss constantly, adding more pasta water until sauce reaches desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper, garnish with parsley, and serve immediately.

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Thai Chicken Stir-Fry

Thai Chicken Stir-Fry

Ingredients
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch strips
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 package (16 ounces) frozen stir-fry vegetable blend, thawed
1/4 cup unsweetened apple juice
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Hot cooked rice

Directions
In a large skillet or wok, stir-fry chicken in oil for 3-4 minutes or until no longer pink. Stir in vegetable blend; cook, uncovered, for 4-6 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the apple juice, soy sauce, peanut butter, brown sugar, garlic powder, ginger and cayenne. Stir into chicken mixture; heat through. Serve with rice. Yield: 4 servings.

Recipe found here: Thai Chicken Stir-Fry

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Seared Salmon with Strawberry Basil Relish

Seared Salmon with Strawberry Basil Relish

Ingredients
6 salmon fillets (4 ounces each)
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

RELISH:
1-1/4 cups finely chopped fresh strawberries
1 tablespoon minced fresh basil
1 tablespoon honey
Dash freshly ground pepper

Directions
Brush fillets with melted butter; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add fillets, skin side up, in batches if necessary; cook 2-3 minutes on each side or until fish just begins to flake easily with a fork.

In a small bowl, toss strawberries with basil, honey and pepper. Serve salmon with relish. Yield: 6 servings.

Recipe found here: Seared Salmon with Strawberry Basil Relish

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Best-Ever Fried Chicken

Best-Ever Fried Chicken

Ingredients
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon paprika
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon pepper
1 egg
1/3 cup milk
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 broiler/fryer chicken (3 to 4 pounds), cut up
Oil for deep-fat frying

Directions
In a shallow bowl, mix the first six ingredients. In a separate shallow bowl, whisk egg, milk and lemon juice until blended. Dip chicken in flour mixture to coat all sides; shake off excess. Dip in egg mixture, then again in flour mixture.

In an electric skillet or deep fryer, heat oil to 375°. Fry chicken, a few pieces at a time, 6-10 minutes on each side or until golden brown and chicken juices run clear. Drain on paper towels. Yield: 4 servings.

Recipe found here: Best-Ever Fried Chicken

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copycat popeyes

Copycat Recipe of Popeye’s Fried Chicken

Ingredients
1 frying chicken, with skin cut up
6 cups vegetable oil
2 tablespoons white pepper
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2⁄3 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons paprika
1 tablespoon salt
3 eggs

Directions
Heat the oil over medium heat in a deep fryer or in a wide, deep pan on stove.

In a large bowl, combine flour, salt, peppers, and paprika.

Break the eggs into a separate bowl and beat until blended.

Check the oil by dropping in a pinch of the flour mixture, If the oil bubbles rapidly around the flour, it’s ready.

Dip each piece of chicken into the egg, then coat generously with the flour mixture.

Once the chicken is coated, it should be placed on a rack to allow the pieces to dry, which may take 20 to 30 minutes.

Allowing the pieces to dry will provide for more even browning of the chicken.

To fry, heat oil in a heavy skillet over a medium-high burner until the oil is very hot. Place the chicken pieces in the hot oil, skin side down, one piece at a time. Leave enough space between pieces so that they are not crowded. This allows the pieces to cook and brown more evenly.

Continue to cook over a medium heat, turning until all sides are golden brown and the meat is cooked thoroughly.
As the pieces finish cooking, they should be removed from the pan and placed on a paper towel to allow grease to drain.

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Slow Cooker Pinto Beans

Slow Cooker Pinto Beans

Total Time: 13 hr 10 min
Prep: 10 min
Inactive: 8 hr
Cook: 5 hr

Yield:10 to 12 servings
Level:Easy

Goes great with Southern Cornbread

Ingredients
1 pound dry pinto beans
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 pound ham hocks, or 1/4 pound streak o’ lean
4 cups water
1 onion, chopped
House Seasoning, recipe follows

Directions
Wash the beans and soak overnight in cold water. Drain the beans and dump into slow cooker. Stir in chili powder and oregano.

If using ham hock: Pre-soak ham in a separate pot, for at least 2, or refrigerated up to 24 hours, depending on how salty you want your stock to be. Add ham hock to slow cooker with beans and pour in ham soaking liquid. Add more water until ham hock is completely covered.

If using streak o’ lean: Cut into cubes, brown in a skillet, and place the meat and any rendered fat in the slow cooker with beans. Pour 4 cups water into pot.

Add onion to slow cooker with beans and meat. Stir well. Season, to taste, with House Seasoning, cover the pot, and cook on high until beans are very tender, about 5 hours.

House Seasoning:
1 cup salt
1/4 cup black pepper
1/4 cup garlic powder
Mix ingredients together and store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.
Yield: 1 1/2 cups

Recipe found here: Slow Cooker Pinto Beans

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Pat's King of Steaks Philly Cheese Steak

Pat’s King of Steaks Philly Cheese Steak

Ingredients
1 large onion, sliced
1/2 pound sliced fresh mushrooms, optional
1 small green pepper, sliced, optional
1 small sweet red pepper, sliced, optional
6 tablespoons canola oil, divided
1-1/2 pounds beef ribeye steaks, thinly sliced
4 crusty Italian rolls, split
Process cheese sauce
Ketchup, optional

Directions
In a large skillet, saute the onion and, if desired, mushrooms and peppers in 3 tablespoons oil until tender. Remove and keep warm. In the same pan, saute beef in remaining oil in batches for 45-60 seconds or until meat reaches desired doneness.

On each roll bottom, layer the beef, onion mixture, cheese and, if desired, ketchup. Replace tops. Yield: 4 servings.

Recipe found here: Pat’s King of Steaks Philly Cheese Steak

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